ABIERTO MEXICANO TELCEL 2012
Verdasco Ousts Almagro; Ferrer Extends Acapulco Streak To 13 Wins
by ATP Staff|
The second-seeded Almagro prolonged the encounter, breaking his opponent as he served for the match in the 10th game of the second set, but Verdasco prevailed as he came from down 1-4 in the tie-break to defeat Almagro for the fifth time in seven career meetings.
Almagro won back-to-back titles at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament in 2008-09, and finished runner-up to David Ferrer in 2011. Verdasco reached the Acapulco final on his tournament debut in 2004 (l. to Moya).
Verdasco will play Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the final after the Swiss advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Verdasco and Wawrinka split their two previous meetings, both on clay in 2005.
In another all-Spanish quarter-final, two-time defending champion Ferrer extended his Acapulco winning streak to 13 straight matches as he defeated Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 14 minutes. Ferrer won four straight games to close out the opening set, and broke Andujar one more time in the second.
The World No. 6 boasts a 16-1 season record, with his sole loss coming to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open quarter-finals. He will attempt to reach his third final of the 2012 season when he next plays Colombian Santiago Giraldo. This will be their second meeting in an ATP World Tour semi-final, having previously met in 2011 at Auckland, a match won by Ferrer in straight sets.
Giraldo earned his place in the final four as he prevailed against Argentine Carlos Berlocq 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in just over three hours. He advances to his first tour-level semi-final since a runner-up finish last year in Santiago (l. to Robredo).